Tristan: (About his character in The Secret Life of Bees) It's about a girl trying to find her past, and her mother's past, because her past has been clouded with guilt -- something that she's done as a child. Zachary comes in as a breath of fresh air to show her that everything is going to be OK. He's a young black male. At the beginning of the story he's innocent, untouched by what's going on in society at the time, because, you've got to remember, it's the `60s. And he's just a genuinely sweet kid, with ambitions in the future to become a lawyer.